University of Leicester Archaeological Services

Fieldwork services

Survey and evaluation

Archaeologists standing in front of a digger and near freshly dug earthLocal authorities often require an archaeological survey or evaluation to clarify the extent, nature and quality of the archaeological resource on a site before granting planning consent. Working cost-effectively to the highest standards, the Fieldwork team at ULAS can assess the archaeological potential of an area using a variety of methods including:

  • Fieldwalking
  • EDM, GPS and photographic walkover surveys
  • Geophysical survey
  • Test pitting
  • Trial trenching

Mitigation work

With planning consent secured, there may be a condition for archaeological mitigation work to offset the impact of the development. The extent of the mitigation will depend on the nature of the archaeological resource on the site.

Working in advance of, or alongside, development the Fieldwork team at ULAS is very experienced in:

  • Small to large-scale urban and rural excavation
  • Excavation on quarry sites
  • Watching-briefs
  • Preservation of archaeology in-situ

Historic building assessment

Two archaeologists surveying an archwayThe detailed recording of historic buildings in advance of conversion or demolition is increasingly a requirement of the planning process. The Historic Buildings team at ULAS has extensive knowledge and experience of recording and interpreting historic buildings and landscapes of all types and periods. We provide a professional, efficient and cost-effective service to a diverse client base. Whether the project is development led, conservation based or a personal enquiry, we have the expertise and equipment to provide a service tailored to suit the specific needs of the client and the requirements of planning, conservation or other heritage bodies.

ULAS offers:

  • Historic building assessment and survey
  • Historical research
  • Interpretation and reconstruction drawing
  • Pre-acquisition and pre-planning appraisal service
  • Negotiation with planning authorities, government advisors and other stakeholders on listed building and conservation area proposals
  • Supporting statements to accompany planning applications
  • Expert witness testimony at judicial review

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